Yesterday marked the start of Children's Grief Awareness Week.
The theme is #SayTheWords, helping to tackle the isolation that bereaved children face, perhaps this year more than ever.
- If you're grieving, that might mean finding your voice and asking a friend or family member for the support you need
- If you're caring for a child or young person who's been bereaved, it might mean reaching out to acknowledge their loss
- If you work in a school, it might mean having a conversation that shows you care, and making a plan together for managing overwhelming feelings
As part of Children's Grief Awareness Week, the Childhood Bereavement Network has released the results of a new survey of 350 widowed parents has shown how the pandemic has deepened the sense of isolation felt by grieving families.
- 90% of widowed parents say that feelings of loneliness or isolation have been more of a problem for them during the pandemic
- 80% report more loneliness or isolation among their grieving children
- 79% say that their grieving children have struggled more with worries and anxiety.
Read the full findings here
The Childhood Bereavement Network has also released an audit tool for schools called the Growing in Grief Awareness audit tool to help schools think through the support they offer bereaved pupils, and how they support children to learn about coping with bereavement.
To donate to Slide Away to support our work with bereaved children in Children's Grief Awareness Week and beyond, visit our VirginMoneyGiving page.
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